Conntecting the Dots

Faith and Selective Memory

We’ve often heard the term “selective memory.” It semi-explains our ability to remember only certain things.


Take (some) kids, for example. It’s funny how they can remember to meet their friends at a pre-arranged place and time but can’t remember to throw their dirty clothes in a laundry hamper or call Mom or Dad if they’re going to return home later than expected.


Adults are similar. We can remember certain commitments we’ve made but conveniently forget about others, especially those we wish we wouldn’t have made in the first place.


Sometimes selective memory affects our faith as well. The apostle Peter addressed this when he wrote to believers shortly before he died: “I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles” (2 Peter 3:2). He then warned about scoffers who would come in the last days saying, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created” (v.4).


Peter wrote about the scoffers: “They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and that he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water” (v. 5).


Men and women who mock spiritual matters deliberately forget that God made the heavens. They choose to forget that He’s in charge of this universe and is ultimate authority. I suspect there’s more. If we made a list, it might say they deliberately forget that…

  • God sees everything they do and hears everything they say.
  • God knows their hidden motives.
  • God is ultimate judge and will hold them accountable.
  • God keeps every promise He makes both to bless and to punish.
  • Jesus will return someday and judgement will take place. Therefore, we’re to make every effort to live holy and blameless lives until that day.


Selective memory kicks in when we choose to do something other than what’s right. So, when we want to do life our way rather than God’s way, we deliberately forget truth so we can ease our conscience.


When I read this passage, I see its relevance to my life. For instance, when I choose to hold a grudge rather than forgive someone who’s hurt me, I’m deliberately forgetting that God forgives me and expects me to do the same for others.


When I act on ulterior selfish motives, I’m deliberately forgetting that God knows my heart. No secret can hide from Him.


When I gossip and complain, I’m deliberately forgetting that God hears everything I say.


As Christ followers, we know the Truth. Trouble is, our human nature tugs at our hearts and tempts us to question or forget it so we can justify disobedience. That’s when we need to say no to selective memory and deliberately choose to do what’s right. God’s truth is truth no matter how we feel. Let’s remember it and apply it so we can walk in victory.


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